Call and Response Composition Project

Call and Response Composition Project

Richard Labedz
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Sullivan Middle School

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:



Middle School




Finale Notepad


30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

One year of instrumental music instruction. This is their introduction to computer notation software.

NAfME standard of 1994 Addressed:

NAfME standard of 1994: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

NAfME 2014: Performing 

NAfME standard of 1994: Composing and Arranging Music within specified guidelines.
NAfME standard of 1994: Reading and notating music.

NAfME 2014: Creating 


Finale Notepad


Introduction to composing using notation software. Introduction to the concept of transposition.

Each student will use their knowledge of call and response to compose musical phrases. Each student will become familiar with notepad to notate and transpose music.


1. Familiarize students with Finale Notepad; simple entry and key change feature.

2. Review call and response.

3. Down load Composition Lesson #1; practice using Finale Notepad by completing the call and response phases.

4. Explain the concept of transposition and how to change the key of the music using Notepad.

5. Each student will transpose the Lesson to concert Bb for their instrument.


The follow-up class will include student performances of their call and response melodies

Follow Up:

The follow-up class will include student performances of their call and response melodies. Through these performances the teacher will draw attention to compositional devices such as steps, skips, and leaps. This knowledge will then be incorporated into the next composition lesson.

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